A youth was slapped at a function attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on Monday after he shouted slogans demanding the revival of the students’ union at the Banaras Hindu University.
The students’ union at the university was dissolved in 1997 after large-scale violence and arson by students. After pressure, a students’ council was formed in 2007-08. Several students, however, are demanding a full-fledged union like other universities.
“The students here are suppressed and not allowed to raise their voice,” Ashutosh Singh said after being slapped by an unidentified man in the audience.
Watch | Student slapped at PM Modi’s event in Banaras Hindu University
The PM spoke at BHU’s convocation ceremony on Monday, giving away medals to meritorious students. He, however, declined to accept an honorary doctorate degree offered by the central university.
After finishing his speech at the convocation ceremony, the PM took to the mike again and sought forgiveness from the vice-chancellor and other educationists for not accepting their offer.
“I am sorry but I have politely declined this offer as I do not consider myself worthy of it. I am a happy man as long as I can keep away from all this. Being present in the BHU premises itself is a great honour to me,” he added.
Modi also said that he was indebted to the people of Varanasi for having reposed faith in him and electing him as their representative in Parliament.
With inputs from agencies